‘Scandal’ star Kerry Washington delivered a powerful acceptance speech at the GLAAD Media Awards for the Vanguard Award. The video, which you can see right here, has gone viral, as her unsparing message on discrimination goes far and wide.

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Yes, the 38-year-old actress known worldwide as Olivia Pope of ‘Scandal’ delivered a memorable speech at the 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards ceremony. The annual awards are given out in to “recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the issues that affect their lives.”

While not televised, the ceremony in Beverly Hills at the Beverly Hilton lives on thanks to YouTube, and while we could not see Kerry Washington speech live, we have the video.

She began her speech, knowing that her audience went far beyond the A-list Hollywood celebrities as she said, “On Monday morning, people are going to click a link to hear what that woman from Scandal said at that awards show, and so, I think some stuff needs to be said.”

And indeed, she did just that. Rather than stay safe with platitudes about progress that we have witnessed in recent years, Kerry Washington zeroed in on areas that, shall we say, are long overdue for improvement.

Quite pointedly she said, ““When black people today tell me that they don’t believe in gay marriage I say, ‘People used to say stuff like that about you and your love.’”

She went on to say, “We must be allies, and we must be allies in this business. Because to be represented is to be humanized.”

And later, she pointed out, “In the real world, being an other is the norm. In the real world, the only norm is uniqueness, and our media must reflect that.”

It is for this and many other memorable lines that the speech has already become a classic. It’s always refreshing when a mainstream Hollywood star takes a strong stand, and, yes, gives us something more to talk about the day after than hairstyles, hemlines and such.

You can see Kerry Washington’s GLAAD Media Awards acceptance speech in the video below!

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